I have had the preset EQ in my car set to “Rock” (e.g. higher bass levels, everything else flat) since I bought the car in 2003.
Today, while listening to a CD, I decided to turn it off and let the natural mix of the CD take care of everything.
And the music on the CD sounded so much better!
So, I got to thinking, what is the point of EQ presets on radios? Shouldn’t the studio mix of the recording take care of everything? I mean, if the mix is bass-heavy, for example, it should come across the way it was intended if the EQ is off/set to flat; why would you want to add more bass or trebles to an already studio-mixed recording?
There is one exception to this, though: Talk radio. It does actually help to use the “News” EQ preset since it brings down the highs and lows, which is much easier to listen to when it’s spoken content.